Tips: FA Cup Final preview – Crystal Palace v Manchester United

21 May

The FA Cup is quite often the pinnacle of our domestic football season but after Leicester rewrote the football shocks script in the Premier League not even a huge Crystal Palace winover Manchester United on Saturday evening would be that surprising.


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The FA Cup is quite often the pinnacle of our domestic football season but after Leicester rewrote the football shocks script in the Premier League not even a huge Crystal Palace win over Manchester United on Saturday evening would be that surprising.

Understandably, Palace are the underdogs going into this game, they finished the season in 15th on 42 points, a massive 24 behind Louis van Gaal’s United who were in fifth.

The Eagles also only managed three wins in their last eight games, which is a stark contrast to the Red Devils, who picked up six wins from their last eight matches.

So, all eyes point to a comfortable United win, right? If you’re looking for a bit of value then no, they do not.

This season has been far from comfy for van Gaal and with his future the subject of much speculation, which seems to have intensified since the League season drew to a close, and the inconvenience of a re-arranged game against Bournemouth on Tuesday night it might not be plain sailing.

Palace scored just 10 fewer goals than United in the League this season so there is every chance they can sneak a win, especially as many of the Red Devils’ players may have one eye on the Euros.

FA Cup Final Betting

Palace to win the game in 90 mins – 9/2 (B365)

Draw at half-time, Palace at full-time – 10/1 (Sky Bet)

If you’re backing Palace then these odds look huge. Ideally, it’ll be a tight affair in the first half with neither side wanting to give away a goal and then Yannick Bolasie can work his magic down the wing and send the Eagles soaring to victory.

Man United to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 11/2 (Sky Bet)

If it does all go Pete Tong for Alan Pardew and Palace then have this insurance bet on United. The Old Trafford side have won by these scorelines an incredible 11 times this season so it’s worth sticking a few quid on.

Man United on penalties – 12/1 (Stan James)

Palace on penalties – 14/1 (Stan James)

This is one of my favourite final bets. It happens more often than you think and at those odds why not stick down a bit of the change left in your account, just in case.

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Palace’s Yohan Cabaye to score anytime – 7/1 (B365)

He’s fit to play and a class act who can score from free-kicks and takes penalties so there is value in him netting anytime at 7s.

Marcus Rashford and Bolasie to both score in 90s mins – 18/1 (Sky Bet)

If United and Palace both score in the game then there is a good chance these two stars will have huge parts to play. 18/1 looks great value.

Don’t forget

Palace and their fans will be out for revenge after United beat them 1-0 in an FA Cup final replay in 1990, the last time they reached the showpiece, after the sides played out a 3-3 draw in the initial game.

Good luck!

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